I started seeing ads for the ABC show The Good Doctor a few months ago and was instantly hooked.
Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and Savant syndrome, is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital.
A medical show dealing featuring an underdog who happens to be played by Freddie Highmore?
Yes please. I’ve been craving a decent medical drama since I finished House, M.D. two years ago.
So of course I started watching it as soon as it began (staying an episode behind, since I don’t have television and watch it on the ABC app) and was not disappointed.
I love the medical aspect. I love the drama. And Freddie Highmore is as charming and talented as ever. But what has really pulled me in is the constant moral and ethical dilemmas presented. So far every episode has delved into complex questions that really cause me to think. And not only to think, but to question. Multiple times just in the few episodes I’ve seen, the show will present an ethical dilemma, to which I have an immediate reaction–then it will turn the issue on its head and show me another side.
That’s rare for me. And I love it. I respect something that can make me really examine and question my reactions, regardless of which point I end up affirming. Because at the end of the day, there are many things in this life that are black and white–but there are many things that aren’t.
I look forward to the rest of the season. Rarely have I come across a series that can make me think and feel in equal parts, which is exactly what I hope for in my own stories.